10 things I wish I knew before going to Cambodia

Abhishek Dwivedi 04 December 2020 183 views 5 min. read

If you do not know where is Cambodia, we are eager to introduce you to the whole travel saga of Cambodia. The country of Cambodia extends from the Mekong River delta and mountains to the Gulf of Thailand in the southeastern region of the continent of Asia. The Mekong River is the primary stream flowing into Cambodia. If you are interested in what is the former name of Cambodia, Cambodia is known by many names, such as the ancient name of Cambodia, Kambuja or Kamboj, which is also its Sanskrit name. The name Cambodia has also originated from Kamboj itself. Cambodia is currently known as the Royal Kingdom of Cambodia. Cambodia is considered one of the most popular and attractive tourist destinations of the Asian region.  Cambodia produces silk fabrics, Cambodian craftsmanship such as stone carvings, silverware and ceramics. Cambodia is also a very advanced country in terms of trade. Cambodia has a huge stone temple complex which was built during the Khmer Empire in the northwest of the country, and the ruins of Angkor Wat, which is a major attraction of Cambodia. Apart from them, the Bayon Temple in Siem Reap, the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, the area outside Phnom Penh and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and the best beaches in Cambodia are set to be awaited by tourists. After main information about where is Cambodia and places to visit in Cambodia, if you also want to know more about Cambodia, what to do in Cambodia, is it safe to travel to Cambodia before you visit this beautiful country, then this article is for you.

1. History of Cambodia

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The creation of the country of Cambodia is credited to King Kambu Swayambhuva of 'Aryesh'. He came to Kamboj country under the inspiration of Lord Shiva. About 27 rulers ruled in Cambodia. Many wars took place in Cambodia, out of which the USA also carried out several attacks on Cambodia during the Vietnam War between 1963 and 1973. Due to these invasions, the King of Cambodia sought protection if some assistance was provided. It was then invaded by Japan, bombed by the Americans, and then captured by the Pol Pot of the Khmer Rouge. When Pol Pot died in 1998, Cambodia became independent and began to develop.

2. Cambodia language

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The vernacular Cambodia language is Khmer, which is the main language spoken by 90% of Cambodian people. Apart from Khmer, the English language is also used by locals.

3. Major touristic places to visit in Cambodia

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Cambodia is one of the least developed countries in the region of South-East Asia. But still, the number of tourists in Cambodia is increasing gradually. There are many reasons for Cambodia's fame. The most famous of them is the Angkor Wat Temple, built by the Khmer, which looks like a ruin. If you are also planning a trip to Cambodia, then we can tell you that there is a lot of popular and attractive tourist destinations and places to visit in Cambodia where you will feel great pleasure after walking.

4. The nightlife

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? There are many bars and clubs in Cambodia which are being preferred for Cambodia's nightlife. Tourists can enjoy the nightlife here during their travel to Cambodia. Consider that Siem Reap and Phnom Penh are the best examples of Cambodia's nightlife. They have a lot of casinos and clubs available. In these nightclubs, you can make your trip more fun by attending the parties.

5. Best time to visit Cambodia

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If you want to know the best time to visit Cambodia, then let us tell you that the time between November and March is the best time to visit Cambodia. In these months, there is very little congestion in Cambodia. If you want to make the journey to Cambodia memorable, then you can choose any of these months to travel to Cambodia.

6. Famous food 

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Cambodia is considered among the fascinating Asian countries famous for its delicious cuisine. Here you will find many tasty dishes to eat. There is always a crowd of tourists in the restaurants here. Fish Amok, Beef Folk Lock, Fried Cricket, Khmer Curry, and Khmer Mango are very popular among the famous meals of Cambodia. I am sure that you will like the food here very much.

7. The largest Hindu temple in the world

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is the largest Hindu temple in the world, also included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This temple is located in the city of Angkor of Cambodia. The old name of Angkor was Yashodharpur. That is a temple of Lord Vishnu, but the former rulers mostly built the temples of Lord Shiva. Here, as the magic of Vastu Shastra, the views of sunrise and sunset are also unique. Among other special attractions there are Angkor Thom, Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, Preah Manivong National Park, etc.

8. Transport

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There are buses available in tourist places in Cambodia that are convenient and economical. Private cars are also available for rent. If you like adventure, you can also ride a bike. Rail traffic is the new medium, less popular at the moment. Domestic flights connect Phnom Penh to the cities of Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. It is very cheap to use transport here. At the bus stands, many people sell different kinds of things which can be useful for your journey. 

9. Hotels in a different price range

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If you are looking for an answer to where to stay in Cambodia, then consider that hotels and resorts are available in Cambodia from high-budget to low-budget. You can choose a hotel or resort to stay in Cambodia as per your convenience and budget.

10. Kratie dolphin tours

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Spread on the banks of the Mekong River in Cambodia, Kratie is a very popular tourist destination. Kratie is a dolphins province visited by thousands of tourists. Tourism has played a good role in trying to protect dolphins by offering an alternative economy for fishing. Travelling by boat, you can get a chance to see dolphins` head.

Interesting facts and things to do in Cambodia:

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• The currency of Cambodia is the Riel. If you want to travel to Cambodia, then you better have US Dollars. When using the services there, then if the cost of the service is more than $1, you have to pay in US dollars. For any change under $1, you will be given Riel. Money should always be withdrawn in US dollars from the ATM there, as it is widely accepted and easy to understand when you are converting things. • If you want to travel to Cambodia, then beware that there are a lot of mosquitoes in Cambodia. These mosquitoes bite in such a way that it seems like they are drinking blood. While going there, make sure that you take and use regularly heavy-duty bug spray to avoid mosquitoes there.  temple • It would be better to go early in the morning to visit temples in Cambodia because there are crowds during the day. The view of the sunrise in the morning is very blissful, so you enjoy a walk to the temples of Cambodia at this time. • When you reach Cambodia airport, there will be many people selling SIM cards at the airport. You can buy a SIM card from them according to your requirement. There the cost of about 2GB (7 days validity) data will be about $3.  • You can be curious to know about is it safe to travel to Cambodia. Before travelling to Cambodia, be sure to pack glasses and face masks in your luggage. There is an excess of sunshine, so glasses will be beneficial for you. Also, it will be helpful to use face masks to avoid dust, pollution etc.  • Most citizens are eligible for Cambodia e-visa. So, if you are planning a trip to Cambodia, you can get an electronic visa online without an embassy visit.

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